GIF Conundrum Update

I have been looking into other options for posting, and found out I can pretty easily load and make videos loop.

However, I can’t seem to make them stop buffering at the end. This means the loop can’t be “seamless” unless you download it and run it in a program that allows seamless looping of video.  All my research has lead me to pretty much nothing other then a lot of people talking about Java code, which has caused my brain to run off to Guam for a vacation.

I was going to save this video for later as I am making a little story around it, but as it’s the only example I can show you guys, you can enjoy it as a little teaser.

Edit: Video suddenly got really bugged.  Not sure why.  Had to take it down.  Will return when I figure out what happened, likely as a GIF.

As you can see I extended out the loop to have a bit more expression.  However, trying to turn this into a GIF at 720 turned out to be impossible (my computer chokes) and knocking down 25% to my normal 540 GIF size still ended up being 20MB or so if I could squeeze past the choke.  Best I could get was 6MB for a small 360 GIF.  I am just not sure how well I can live with that for the main posts.  If that little slow down at the end didn’t exist I would be pretty happy with this new video embedding if I could find a better video gallery plugin.

The only idea I had to get around the issue is do multiple camera angles.  Then when it reverts to the start at least it won’t be as jarring since it would transition from one shot to the next.  Though that would cause making successful GIFs out of them even harder.

I am utterly torn.  I like making stuff, but sometimes I really hate dealing with all the logistics.  What you guys think?  Tell me in the comments.

7 Responses to GIF Conundrum Update

  • I’ve had the problem of .gif file-sizes once or twice, let’s say, and I’ve found my solution; Flash video, .swf-files. You can get better compression ratios with .flv (which is one of the only two video formats that Flash will import, the other being .f4v) than with .gifs… Besides, you can add Actionscript to play random sounds, which makes looping even better – also, there’s no “skipping” when it loops… My current conundrum is that I’ve found a way to switch between different video clips in ActionScript3, but my play-random-sound code only works for ActionScript2… Ah, well.

    Hope this helps!

    • I have used SWF before, the issue I feel is that flash in general is sort of going out of style. Everything is HTML5 now, and I worry I am going to cut out a lot of people that are not willing to download a flash player. GIF is a bit more universal when it comes to where it can be played.

  • What I can say about this piece of work before it mysteriously disappeared is that I liked it a lot.
    Sadly I can’t really give an advice (more like don’t want to give a bad one) since I have very limited knowledge on animation in general.

  • I’m using Firefox and can see the video.

    I like it, I see what you mean about the seamless looping.

    I know nothing about embed video playback 🙂 Though from what I can tell, and this is just guessing, it might be easier to convert the file into a Flash video somehow, and cut the frames of the video into sections so that when working with the video in some kind of editor (yep I know nothing) you can tell the program which frame to repeat or reverse.

    I downloaded the file and tried to play it in Media Player Classic and even there it’s not 100% seamless when looping, at least from my experience. But really it doesn’t bother me at all, as it’s so minor and such a non-issue for me personally 🙂 Though it is MUCH appreciated that you are putting great efforts into making them look good, thank you.

  • It might be my Mozilla acting up, but the video is just a black square for me. It would seem that it’s just a Mozilla thing because Chrome doesn’t have that issue.

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